'Battleship Potemkin', 1925

TLW's Russian Cinemascope™ (Russian Cinema Historyscope)

By T.L. Winslow (TLW), the Historyscoper™

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Original Pub. Date: Dec. 3, 2016. Last Update: Dec. 13, 2016.



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Westerners are not only known as history ignoramuses, but double dumbass history ignoramuses when it comes to Russian cinema history. Since I'm the one-and-only Historyscoper (tm), let me quickly bring you up to speed before you dive into my Master Historyscope.

In 1920 Mosfilm movie studio is founded in Moscow, becoming the first in Russia, growing into the largest in Europe.

'Stenka Razin', 1908

On Oct. 28, 1908 (Oct. 15 Old Style) Vladimir Romashkov's Stenka Razin debuts, becoming the first Russian narrative film, about Cossack hero Stepan "Stenka" Razin (1630-71); watch movie.

'Battleship Potemkin', 1925

On Dec. 21, 1925 Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin (Bronenosets Potyomkin) (Mosfilm) debuts, about the 1905 mutiny, featuring Czarist soldiers in 1905 slaughtering civilians on an Odessa beach as the soldiers come down the stairs along with a bouncing baby buggy; introduces montage sequences.

'Alexander Nevsky', 1938

On Dec. 1, 1938 Sergei Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky (Nevski) (Mosfilm) (Eisenstein's first sound film) debuts, which uses thousands of Soviet army extras in an outrageously slanted reenactment of the 1241 invasion of Russia by the German Teutonic Knights, who end up looking suspiciously like Nazis, only with more Roman Catholic clergy; scored by Sergei Prokofiev; stars Stalin's favorite actor Nikolai Konstantinovich Cherkasov (1903-66); musical score by Sergei Prokofiev.




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